SOON IT will be easier for general public to locate and reach their destination in City Beautiful, as the Municipal Corporation is all set to implement a comprehensive citywide urban wayfinding signage system.
The civic body plans to install signboards/direction indicators across the city. A tender has been floated for hiring a consultant for designing/planning of urban wayfinding signage system to convey the information to general public/road users regarding entities within Chandigarh. The tender will open on July 6.
The consultant will be required to prepare a holistic concept plan for various road corridors, which includes providing information to general public/road users about each sector of Chandigarh and location of houses/lanes in each sector for improving the efficiency and convenience of public.
The agency will be required to design the illuminated signboards and identify the spots where they are to be fixed. It will also have to get the concept plan approved from the UT urban planning department.
Mayor Arun Sood said that the decision was taken after the Chandigarh Administration successfully introduced lane system in Sector 35 on a pilot basis. “Our aim is to help the road users locate their destinations with ease,” he said.
At present, the majority of signages put across the city are in bad shape, making it difficult for road users to locate areas.
Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said that the signage system of the city needed to be improved.
As per the condition of the tender, the agency should have experience of having successfully completed three similar works each of consultancy value not less than Rs 4 lakh or two similar works each of consultancy value not less than Rs 6 lakh or one similar work of consultancy value not less than Rs 8 lakh. The total time for the consultancy shall be 45 days from the date of allotment of work.
If the consultant fails to start the work from the date of commencement, the consultant shall be liable to pay a penalty at the rate of 2 per cent of the consultancy charges per week or part thereof. If the work is not started till two weeks of the date of commencement, the contract shall be liable to be cancelled.
There are a total of 56 sectors in Chandigarh that are further divided into four parts — A, B, C and D — by a V-4 road (meandering shopping streets) running from east to west and a V-5 (sector circulation roads) road running from north to south. There are 3,000-4,000 houses in each sector depending upon the size of the sector. In most of the sectors, the house numbers are not in a sequential order, making it difficult for people, especially for those from outside the city, to locate house numbers. As per Census 2011, there are a total of 2,98,367 house in Chandigarh, of which 93.3 per cent are occupied.